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Reflections on Electric Vehicles at COP21

By Marissa Galizia. December 28th, 2015

Electric vehicles (EVs) were a hot topic at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, in Paris this December. A parking lot full of COP21 branded Renault-Nissan EVs and bright green charging stations greeted delegates from around the world on their way in to the conference center at Le Bourget. Renault-Nissans electric car service allowed conference attendees to book an electric ride from the conference center to select hotels, helping many passionate environmentalists try the climate friendly technology.

Electric motorcycle in China
EVs: electric motorcycle in Asia. China

Inside the conference center, electric vehicles were a prominent part of most transportation-related discussions at the plethora of side events. At the High Level Transport Day on December 3, Segolene Royal, the French Minister of Ecology, announced the Paris Declaration on Electro-mobilty and Climate Change and Call to Action. It calls for at least 20% of all ground transportation to be electrified by 2030 in order to keep global warming limited to two degrees or less. Twenty-four companies and organizations from around the world have signed on to support the commitment including Renault-Nissan, Tesla and ChangePoint. Segolene Royal also announced a global competition for an EV under 7,000 Euros, with a range of 300 miles and a charging time of under 30 minutes. With these criteria EVs would be accessible to all, including those in developing countries.

Electric motorcycle is accessible to all
EVs would be accessible to all

Electric motorcycle, China streetThe We Mean Business Coalition convened a roundtable conversation entitled 100% Electric: How Can We Accelerate the Transformation of the Transport System. The influential advocacy groups CEO, Nigel Topping, moderated a panel with ChargePoint CEO, Pasquale Romano and sustainability execs from BMW, Renault-Nissan, and Ikea. Things got really interesting at the end of the conversation when Topping pushed the panel on when we should expect the last internal combustion engine will be sold. Romano boldly predicted 2035, citing the transformative adoption of the smart phone as precedent. The auto representatives were hesitant to commit to a date, opting to reframe the question to when EVs would become dominant in the market. They put this at 2030 2035. Steve Howard, CSO of Ikea, agreed that EVs are the next smart phone and predicted EVs would be dominant by 2023.

A High Level Event on Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) in the Netherlands Pavillion brought together leaders in the private and public sector to discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead for ZEVs. Again, BMW and Renault-Nissan represented the auto-manufacturers and ChargePoint represented EV charging infrastructure. Senan McGrath from the Electric Supply Board provided the private utility perspective. Together, the automakers, ChargePoint, and the utility communicated that the market is ready for electrification of transportation. U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and California Governor Jerry Brown also stressed the importance of ZEVs for greenhouse gas mitigation in transport.

Governor Brown made EVs a focal point of his messages at many speaking engagements throughout the week. Transportation emissions are 40% of all emissions in California - about 10% higher than the U.S. average. This stems both from the fact that Californians drive more than most Americans and that the state has a cleaner electricity mix than many others.

Governor Brown and Tom Steyer convened a delegation of business leaders from across the state of California to communicate all that California is doing to foster innovation and action in mitigating climate change. ChargePoints CEO Pasquale Romano was one of the 12 business leaders selected from across the state to participate in the delegation, which helped to bring EVs and EV charging into the conversation throughout the summit.

Electric motorcycle. China
EVs: electric motorcycle in China

EVs were also at the center of the Sustainable Innovation Forum at the Stade De France, and Solutions COP21, at the Grand Palais, as well. BMWi, the electric transportation arm of the automaker, was a premier sponsor for the Climate Action Programmes 6th annual Sustainable Innovation forum. They positioned a BMWi3 alongside a ChargePoint charging station right at the entrance to the stadiums conference space and BMW executives spoke to all that BMW is doing to support sustainable mobility. At Solutions COP21 automakers from Nissan to Toyota displayed their latest and greatest alternative fuel vehicles under the grand glass archways of the Beaux-Arts palace.

The United Nations Momentum for Change Award also sent a strong signal about the important role EVs will play in keeping climate change at bay by selecting ChargePoint as one of the 15 Lighthouse Activities honored as an example of a transformative, innovative, and scalable information communication technology tackling climate change. The Momentum for Change Showcase Event on Thursday evening, right before the negotiations were intended to come to a close, was a celebration of the possibility that innovative technologies hold for enabling the world to achieve the ambitious targets set by world leaders in the negotiations.

Along with renewable energy and energy efficiency, electric transportation is both a critical need for the fight against climate change and a market-ready technology. The many discussions about EVs at side events throughout COP21 (which were many more than I could capture here) prove that international high-level leaders from business, government and civil society are in agreement. Now its up to us as drivers, employees, legislators, and voters to bring EVs from center stage at a climate conference to center stage on our roads and parking lots.

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Netherlands To Prohibit All
Non-Electric Cars By 2025

19.04.2016
A new law proposed in the Netherlands may result in a ban on the sale of all internal-combustion engined cars in the country by 2025.

If the law passes, only electric and hydrogen-powered cars will be allowed to be sold in the Netherlands by 2025. The law, proposed by the Labor Party, wouldn't prohibit the use of existing gas- and diesel-powered cars, but once they are removed from service, they cannot be replaced.

There is a good possibility that the law will pass, in spite of a very vocal opposition, as the majority of elected officials in the lower house of the Dutch parliament support the initiative. If the bill passes, hybrid models, including those that use both internal combustion and batteries, would also be banned.

The energy-saving plan would challenge car manufacturers to produce enough emissions-free vehicles to meet demand.

Recent emission-free cars have shorter charging times and longer ranges. Electric car advocates believe that consistent improvements will make the vehicle more attractive to buyers.

Sales of electric cars and those powered with hydrogen fuel cells have steadily increased. According to Tesla, the company's affordable' Model 3 has received a record number of pre-orders.

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Volvo plans to go all-electric, sets a goal to make 1 million electric cars by 2025

Electrifying news! Volvo is making a huge commitment to electric cars. Today, The Swedish car manufacturer put quantities and dates on goals it first published in its Volvo Cars Sustainability Report 2015. Volvo said that it will make one million electric cars by 2025 in a press release.

It is a deliberately ambitious target, said Håkan Samuelsson, Volvos president and chief executive. It is going to be a challenge, but Volvo wants to be at the forefront of this shift to electrification. To reach the million-car goal Volvo is going to introduce two hybrid versions of each model in its lineup and sell its first all-electric car by 2019.

digitaltrends.com

But...
Lyft cofounder John Zimmer predicts that the private automobile will be dead by 2025


The private automobile will be dead by 2025?

Lyft cofounder and president John Zimmer is calling it: 2025 is when private car automobile ownership will all but end in major American cities.

Car or camel?The prospect of Automotive Judgment Day has been much discussed ever since Google proved that fully autonomous motoring was an achievable goal. Once cars dont need drivers, it quickly follows that they wont need owners, either. The rise of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft further primed the car-removal machine, acclimating a small-but-growing segment of the population to the idea of relying on other peoples vehicles to get around.

With rival Uber now testing autonomous Volvos in Pittsburgh, Lyfts Zimmer is offering a specific timetable for this transformation: Within 5 years, the majority of Lyft rides will be driverless. And less than five years after that, the private car will have been essentially eliminated. By 2025, owning a car will go the way of the DVD, Zimmer posted in a Medium piece called The Third Transportation Revolution.

Zimmers Lyft-centric vision of our post-car future, which he also talks about in an interview with Time, will have urbanites purchasing contracts with various mileage limits, akin to cellphone plans. Its a subscription model at odds with Tesla boss Elon Musks similarly grandiose Master Plan, Part Deux, which posits that privately owned but fully autonomous Tesla-made vehicles will form an ad-hoc transportation-for-hire service, roving about on their own to pick up passengers and make money for their owners. Not only would this slave-army of cars allow Tesla to keep selling private automobiles, it would lower the ownership threshold, since cars would be helping to earn their keep while their masters are sleeping or at work.

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